[LMB] Barrayaran English

John Lennard john.c.lennard at gmail.com
Fri Nov 26 17:30:26 GMT 2010

Did _anyone_ on this list (excepting Our Author)
>ever use the word "belike" before reading Bujold?

Yes, thanks to Heyer. There's a line in Devil's Cub where one character, the
redoubtable rollicking Rupert, asks another, the divine Dominic, for a
reminder of when he said he'd repay his debt to him.
"Judgement Day, belike", said his undutiful nephew.

I don't think I've ever used it in spoken conversation though. Written only.

John: It's in Shakespeare quite often (43 times, Spevack's Concordance tells
me), so one hears it in performance.

"Belike your lordship takes us then for fools" -- I Henry VI, 3.2.61.

Aral's and Miles's typically terminal use may be influenced by Heyer's,

John Lennard, MA DPhil. (Oxon.), MA (WU)
Director of Studies in English, St Catharine's College

General editor, Humanities-E-Books Genre Fiction Sightlines and Monographs

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